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MPD: Two men wanted in separate sex assaults

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Police are looking for two men wanted in separate sexual assault cases in just two days. Officers say one assault happened Friday in Northeast Washington and the other happened Saturday morning.

Just after 5 a.m. Saturday, a woman found herself locked out of her Webster Street NW home. Neighbors tell ABC7 a man appeared, showed her a business card and offered to help her get in. But once inside, police say, he sexually assaulted her.

“It’s pretty shocking,” says Jeff Standish. “We haven’t had something like this happen in this neighborhood for a while. It’s very disturbing.”

“This is a pretty safe neighborhood for the most part,” says Christy Tomlinson. “I feel safe walking my dog day or night. Never had any problems…”

It is stunning news for Vanessa Quick, who has lived in the Petworth neighborhood for 35 years and says neighbors are always ready to help each other.

“It’s very sad because it’s a family-oriented neighborhood. Young families are moving in. I’m very distraught to find out someone relied on a stranger to get into their house.”

This was the second time a D.C. woman had been sexually assaulted in her own home in just two days. About 1:30 a.m. Friday, a woman on Just Street NE answered a knock at her door. The man forced his way in and sexually assaulted her, police say.

Neighbors on Webster Street are worried about the woman who was attacked.

“You know, you feel comfortable with people. She’ll never be the same. She’ll never trust anybody,” Donna Washington says.

They hope that what happened to her will serve as a cautionary tale.

“If I can’t get in and I need to get in, I will call somebody else to let me in my house,” Washington says. “It could be the police and I would have to see all your credentials. You’re not getting in my house.”

The suspect in the Petworth assault is described as a tall Hispanic man in his early thirties. He has a heavy build, short hair, a light mustache, and was wearing a light blue shirt and dark khakis. Police say he possibly goes by the name of Saul.

Police describe the Northeast sex assault suspect as a tall, bald black man. Anyone with information should call police at 202-727-9099.

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